Weekend Hot Topic, part 1: Most anticipated video games

GameCentral readers reveal the games they’re most looking forward to this year and beyond, from Cyberpunk 2077 to Doom Eternal.

The subject for this weekend’s Inbox asked what future game are you most looking forward to at the moment? With Gamescom just finished the line-up for this year and the early part of 2020 is all but finalised, so what are you most interested in and have you already pre-ordered it?

There were no surprises about the most popular games but many did seem to think that it was a fairly poor Christmas line-up this year and that it was actually next spring that has the most interesting games scheduled for it.


Dream game

It’s definitely Final Fantasy VII Remake for me. Compared to a fairly unexciting Christmas it’s a super busy spring but this is the one I’ve been looking forward to for what seems like decades. Everything so far suggests it’s going to be great and the only issue is the episodic release schedule that they’ve been suspiciously quiet about so far.

I think they just don’t want to scare people off by saying it’s not complete though and I actually support splitting the game up if it means ensuring the whole of the original story is in there.

Everything about the graphics and presentation seems perfect so far, literally exactly as I would’ve imagined it when graphics like this were still impossible. I think it’s going to be a huge hit too and I would’ve pre-ordered it if I could afford the super deluxe version, but alas I’m not quite the flush.


Too much of a good thing

My most anticipated game has to be Doom Eternal. I wasn’t that bothered about playing Doom 2016 at release but the subsequent good word of mouth on these pages and elsewhere, and a good deal in GAME, persuaded me to give it a go. It ended up being my favourite game of 2016 and is still my favourite first person shooter this generation, I loved the fast paced combat that encouraged aggression rather than hiding in cover, it felt unlike any other shooter I had ever played until I played Titanfall 2 which was kind of similar in its approach and pace.

With all this in mind I was delighted to hear of a sequel which will be a day one purchase for me, although I do have a concern over the campaign length which they have reported this past week as being 18 to 22 hours long.

My only criticism of the first game was that I felt it could have been a little shorter and that was at around 12 hours long, so I don’t know how they’re going to stretch it out to 18 to 22 hours without it becoming repetitive. I’m happy to be proven wrong though.
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Miniature excitement

To be honest the thing I’m most looking forward to, this year at least, is probably the Mega Drive Mini, which is a combination of Sega seeming to do a really good job with it and a fairly bland line-up for the rest of the year.

I can’t say I’m particularly interested in any of the big name games, although I might try and pick Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order up cheap if it gets good reviews. But I’ve never really liked Metal Gear Solid and Ghost Recon Wildlands was pretty bad. The Outer Worlds might be another one to watch, but I’m willing to be bet that’ll be in the Black Friday sales.

So, no it’s definitely the return of the Mega Drive I’m most looking forward to. The game line-up seems great, I love the unusual extra rare games, and the price is surprisingly good. Although I do wish these mini consoles could download extra games as DLC, which seems a bit of an odd omission.


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Blind buy

I do not have any pre-orders pending. I have not touched any online games for a while and that feeling of falling behind has gone. Instead I have now gotten into the habit of listing games that have reviewed well and will pick them up in sales. Although saying that, it is also pretty much inevitable that I will buy a PlayStation 5 at launch. (That is assuming it is not the V-shaped monstrosity from the patent.)

As for anticipated games by proven developers, I know of the existence of upcoming games like Cyberpunk 2077, The Last Of Us Part II and the Zelda: Breath Of The Wild sequel and I know lots of people seem to be very excited about them. However, I personally do not want to know any details beyond whether or not they turn out to be good. I want to go into these games blind.

The games I tend to really look into before release are interesting concepts by weaker/unknown developers. I like to look into these more to try and ascertain the quality and if the idea is good enough to carry an entire game.


Gods and heroes

I’m looking forward to Gods And Monsters, which is out next February. I always loved the adventure vibe through Greek mythology of the God Of War series but couldn’t enjoy them due to Kratos being such an insufferably moody thug! Ubisoft’s game seems far lighter in tone and not just some endless quest for revenge.

I’m also interested in Ghost Of Tsushima, which does seem more darker and serious in tone but is still about being an unlikely hero, which is the kind of game I enjoy – I want to care about the character I’m playing as.

I try and stay on top of new announcement trailers at E3, etc. and often a game will capture my imagination early on but I like to see or read previews and reviews before making a final decision.


Return of the king

I don’t want to come across as a philistine but I’m really looking forward to Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare. I have very fond memories of the originals and as cheesy and dumb as they are they were still a lot of fun and everything I’ve heard about the reboot so far sounds great… at least in terms of the gameplay.

Obviously there’s all the concern about the violence and while I’m fine with it being like that I do appreciate that the current political climate is maybe not the best time to start pulling the tiger’s tail. So to speak. Hopefully there won’t be any problems though and Call Of Duty can regain its crown.


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Nintendo pipeline

The pipeline games at the top of my list include:

Zelda: Link’s Awakening – a 2D Zelda game that we already know is outstanding in terms of beauty, personality, and story. My reservations are to do with value for money and length. You can probably complete 100% of the original in less than 15 hours (even less if you’re familiar with the original) so to ask for £45-50 for the remake will seem unreasonable if it’s a screen-for-screen remake.

On top of that, I’ve seen a few videos that suggest the gameplay may have dated slightly since the early 90s, especially in comparison to recent 2D Zeldas like A Link Between Worlds and I feel like that might hurt it a bit. Some of the dungeon rooms look mega basic nowadays, for example, and I feel like Zelda has moved beyond that.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 – I never played the first two for some reason but hopefully this will be the best one and I’ll feel less regret about that. It looks like it’s (literally) oozing personality.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – like everyone else, I wasn’t bothered by the reveal and the trailers but the additional details we’ve learned since makes it sound fantastic on paper at least. A single-player hybrid of Dark Souls and Metroid in the Star Wars universe by the makers of Titanfall 2 sounds irresistible. I hope it lives up to that concept.

Elden Ring – a big Souls type game by From Software that introduces open world elements but hopefully doesn’t scarification any of the depth characteristic of the series sounds amazing. Particularly since Sekiro is still my front runner for best game of 2019.

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 – if this took, say, five of the biggest complaints about its predecessor (all of which I think were mainly down to design choice rather than competence or technical limitations) and completely addressed them, this game will be unsurpassable. I think there’s an outside chance it’ll be out in late 2020 so here’s hoping for next E3…

Metroid Prime 4 – my concern is Nintendo will be so keen to finally get it out (in, say, 2022) that it’ll just be more of the same old Prime. Or that Retro has lost all its talent for ambitious games like this.

But I’ve always been pleased we even just know this game is on the cards because it sort of represented Nintendo realising they need to make us aware of ambitious stuff on the distant horizon as well as imminent releases. For a publisher that often needs to support its platforms with big tentpole games almost single-handedly, that’s pretty important but it’s not always demonstrated.


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